Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas will surely miss the Carling Cup Final 2011 against Birmingham City this Sunday at the Wembley Stadium. After being substituted in the 14th minute of the 1-0 win over Stoke City on Wednesday, the Spanish midfielder was assessed by club’s medical staff on Thursday and it was then confirmed he would have to sit out for the Carling Cup match which could have been his first final as Arsenal Captain.
In fact, Fabregas was reportedly urged Wenger to be part of the match, but the Arsenal manager did not want to take any risk on his most important player. Wenger said that his captain’s injury is a ‘very small one’ and he would like Fabregas to make a quick recovery ahead of a busy schedule including the Champions League second leg match at Barcelona.
Arsenal is also missing Theo Walcott as the in-form striker picked up a twisted ankle from the Stoke City match.
However, the good news is that Wenger would get the services of Dutch striker Robin van Persie. In fact, he would wear captain’s armband in the absence of Fabregas. He missed the last two matches with a minor hamstring injury, but the 27-year-old is now fully fit for the Birmingham City match.
Moreover, central defender Laurent Koscielny and midfielder Abou Diaby are also available for the Carling Cup final.